As the deputy mayor of Poggio Torriana says, “years ago the wolves were confined to the highest wooded area, for example near Montebello”. Until three years ago in the Oasis of Torriana Montebello many species of protected animals lived in balance, together with wolves and wild boars, then the Region and the Province decided to destroy that balance to allow dogs to hunt wild boars in a to be able to shoot some of them with the consequence of making many others escape into the surrounding area. As ISPRA also reminds us these are actions not to be done! The hunted wild boars flee from the woods where they would not bother anyone and behind them, of course, go their natural predators: wolves. And today we complain about the sightings of wolves in the area inhabited by man. For three years, as a Committee we have also asked the Region, the Province and the Municipality of Poggio Torriana to restore the old borders of the Oasis of Torriana Montebello and to seek together a more advanced balance for the coexistence between men and nature, based on of scientific data, applying territorial governance policies that aim at respecting the species. We asked for a change of pace, but we only collected words! And even now the music is still the same. We want to make the wolf, as was done before for wild boars, with foxes and roe deer, a problem of “order”, pushing on people’s fear and the solution will be the same as we have already seen: it will be called selection hunting and, paying the due consideration, it will be possible to shoot the most coveted prey: the wolf. We remind you that the wolf is the object of protection at international and national level as a “Strictly protected species of fauna” – Berne Convention, Habitat Directive, Washington Convention and Law 157/92 and that numerous authoritative studies, national and international, indicate that the wolf is not dangerous for humans and above all a notable regulator of wild boar populations, very precious at this time with the risk of swine fever since due to its nature as a predator, it eliminates sick and dead animals. The answer to these problems therefore lies in the culture of which administrations should be promotional; it lies in teaching people how to coexist with these predators on the ground; it lies in making correct and scientifically proven management choices with the support of valid experts rather than with alarmist proclamations. It is time to stop ruling without the necessary scientific knowledge, to instill fears that do not exist, to destroy beauty and health. We address all political decision-makers, economic and environmental associations, but also individual citizens. The extraordinary biodiversity of this area is everyone’s heritage to be protected and a resource for citizens and for the tourist economy as well as for our health. Let’s sit around a table, listen to the people and for once let’s try to find a serious, coherent, civilized solution between words and deeds.
cs OaSì – Together for the APS valleys